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The Lightbulb Moment: Discovering The Key
The Lightbulb Moment

The Lightbulb Moment: Discovering The Key

One universally befuddling inquiry is deceivingly simple, “what key are we in?” As easy as it sounds, the key of a song can often be interpreted in different ways. That’s the subject of this “Lightbulb Moment” column.

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Bass Players To Know: John Miller
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players To Know: John Miller

Getting a gig is the result of connecting the dots. Relationships turn into recommendations, recommendations turn into work, work turns into reputation. No one knows this better than John Miller, our latest Bass Player to Know.

Recording Bass: Deep Subwoofer Bass on Pop/Rock Music
Recording Bass

Recording Bass: Deep Subwoofer Bass on Pop/Rock Music

In the early 2000s, there was a popular technique producers used when recording bass: blending in a subwoofer track. After some experimentation, Travis Huisman successfully recreated that sound. He shares his steps in this new “Recording Bass” column.

Bass Players To Know: Jimmy Haslip
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players To Know: Jimmy Haslip

Genres evolve thanks to the players, composers, and producers who innovate. In Ryan Madora’s new “Bass Players To Know” column, she focuses on the work of one of the masters: Jimmy Haslip.

Recording Bass: DI vs. Microphone (Or Combo)
Recording Bass

Recording Bass: DI vs. Microphone (Or Combo)

There is a long-lasting debate on whether you should record your bass tracks with a DI or a microphone. In this edition of “Recording Bass,” Travis Huisman breaks downs the pros and cons for each.

The Lightbulb Moment: Mistakes Do Not Equal Failure
The Lightbulb Moment

The Lightbulb Moment: Mistakes Do Not Equal Failure

As bassists, we can often be our own, harshest critics. That’s the subject of Ryan Madora’s latest “Lightbulb Moment” column - which includes another way to look at dealing with mistakes.

Recording Bass: How To Better Prepare For Bass Tracking Day
Recording Bass

Recording Bass: How To Better Prepare For Bass Tracking Day

All of my favorite albums have a distinct bass tone throughout. That is not because they just winged it on bass tracking day. Bassists need preparation tactics ahead of time. Here are some tips you can use to end up with a better tracking day.

Bass Players To Know: Rhonda Smith
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players To Know: Rhonda Smith

When was the last time you listened to a groove that was so funky and remarkably precise that you couldn’t resist being in awe? For Ryan Madora, it was the last time she listened to Rhonda Smith. Rhonda is the focus of this “Bass Players To Know” column.

Recording Bass: 5 Tips To Make Your Recordings Have a Tighter Low End
Recording Bass

Recording Bass: 5 Tips To Make Your Recordings Have a Tighter Low End

Travis Huisman is back with another “Recording Bass” column. In this one he shares tips about avoiding that muddy (or non-existent) low end he finds in a lot of his client’s projects.

The Lightbulb Moment: To Stream or Not To Stream?
The Lightbulb Moment

The Lightbulb Moment: To Stream or Not To Stream?

Ryan is back with a new column that wouldn't have happened without this time of self-isolation. The topic is on live-streaming, which is all the rage now. She had to figure this out for herself, and has a lot to share on the topic.

5 Audio Plugins To Make Your Bass Recordings Instantly Better
Recording Bass

5 Audio Plugins To Make Your Bass Recordings Instantly Better

Recording bass guitar at home is not difficult with the vast amount of quality plugins available to you today. Travis Huisman breaks things down with 5 audio plugins to make your bass recordings instantly better.

Bass Players To Know: Dave Roe
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players To Know: Dave Roe

Ryan is back with a new entry in her “Bass Players To Know” series. This time, she focuses on the work of Nashville legend and session ace, Dave Roe, the longtime bass player with Johnny Cash and favorite of the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach - and more.